Daily Israel Report

Overkill Charged in Kfar Tapuach Arrests

Police arrested two young women, 20,from Kfar Tapuach for suspected vandalsim in what friends and neighbors call 'harassment'
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 2/10/2012, 12:08 PM

Kfar Tapuach
Kfar Tapuach
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A force of some 15 police and Shabak Israel Security Agency officers raided a home in Kfar Tapuach shortly before midnight last night and dragged two young women out into the night.

The detainees were identified as Moriah Goldberg, 20, of Kfar Tapuach, and Orian Isry from Migron, also 20. Moriah's parents, Lenny and Yael, said police gave no explanation for the young women's arrest at the time.

According to Lenny, "My wife and I were already asleep. At midnight they came banging on the door like animals. At least ten cops came into the house, police and Shabaq. They came into our room and wildly searched around. Then they went into the girls room."

"They found Orian in Moriah's room, but Moriah was across the street. Maybe twenty minutes later they found her and dragged them off," he said. "They're used to this. The police bother them all the time."

However, the Samaria and Judea District police announced, Friday, that they had arrested "three youths" from Jerusalem and Samaria (Shomron) on suspicion they caused damage to property in the building-supplies store belonging to a resident of village of Luban Ash-Sharqiyia in Samaria. Police said they are also suspected of spraying grafitti at the site.

Luban Ash-Sharqiyia, which is an Arabic corruption of a Hebrew term meaning "East of Levonah," is just 10 minutes by car from Kfar Tapuach.

A judge ordered at a remand hearing in Jerusalem at 11:00 on Friday that all three be held until next Tuesday when a hearing will be held.

Prosecutors introduced security videos [see below] of a lone female exiting a vehicle, walking up to a pile of sacks of concrete, motioning over them, and returning immediately to the vehicle. 

It is unclear how this warranted fifteen police officers executing an arrest in the middle of the night.

A close friend of the Goldberg family who wished to remain anonymous told Arutz Sheva, "Its not like this is murder or genocide. I counted. fifteen officers in four cars - its overkill." 

"She's currently doing national service at the Gush Katif Museum in Jerusalem," the friend said, adding he had known the Goldberg family for 25 years.

The friend related that during the 2005 Disengagement, Moriah - then 13 - and two other girls, were incarcerated for 40 days for participating in a peaceful protest against the destruction of Gush Katif.

"To hold a group of 13-year-old girls for 40 days was excessive," they said. "It was just a protest."

Prosecutors openly admitted their request for remand was not based on security concerns, "...if the girls are released back to their homes, they will talk to other people there, tell them their stories and cause other people to participate in similar demonstrations."

At the time, civil rights attorneys described the lengthy detention, which should have lasted no more than a few hours, as "cruel, inhumane, and unwarranted."

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